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Test Driving Summers in Kilburn - Seasonal cooking with a touch of the Irish

We head across to Kilburn to Summers, a restaurant that's trying a new take on Irish cooking. 

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Test Driving Humble Grape - Islington gets a long-awaited wine bar

Yes, we're quite excited about a new wine bar opening up in our manor. Let us tell you everything you need to know about Humble Grape...…

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Test Driving Coupette in Bethnal Green - a very French cocktail bar

With Calvados and more on the menu, Coupette is a very French cocktail bar in Bethnal Green. We head east for an early look.…

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Test Driving The Mountgrove Road Bothy - a neighbourhood wine bar in Highbury

Featuring a wine list from the GM of the Laughing Heart, this is a wine bar worth seeking out.…

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Test Driving Neo Bistro - modern British cooking on the edge of Oxford Street

Neo Bistro is trying something very new on the edge of Oxford Street. We head down for a Test Drive to see how they're offering something pretty special to the Mayfair shoppers.…

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Test Driving Xu - the Bao team 1930's style Taiwanese hangout in Piccadilly

The team behind Bao have a new Taiwanese restaurant in Piccadilly - we pop along to see if it's a sure-fire hit…

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Test Driving Tratra at Boundary - French feasting in Shoreditch

French chef and author Stéphane Reynaud has taken over the restaurant at Boundary and launched Tratra. We visit to see just what wonders he's performing with charcuterie and more...…

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Test Driving The Ned - 24 hours in London's hottest new hotel

There are 9 restaurants and bars at The Ned, ranging from the members-only Vault bar in the basement to the huge ground floor food hall and up to the members' bar and restaurant by the pool on the roof. We were on a mission to try as many of them as possible during an overnight stay.…

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Gezellig x Carousel: Lamb fat toasties, dirty duck bakes and all with wine pairings

Gezellig are yet to pick a suitable venue for the new restaurant, but for now we were treated to a preview of what'll be on offer by visiting the the final days of its Carousel pop-up, and boy we were ever impressed.…

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Test Driving Farang - proper Thai food hits Highbury

Seb Holmes is packing them in with his authentic Thai restaurant Farang. We head down to Highbury to take a look.…

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